Movies are an evolved form of art. They are a perfect way to connect with the masses and spread awareness amongst the people. Many regional film industries in India have not just used this medium to do that but have also shown us their creative side by making some truly entertaining films, that showcase the hidden talent in their industry.
They say that to have culturally enriching experiences in life, one must not restrict themselves, but explore the things around one, to understand what they like or dislike. Watching regional or international films also serves the same purpose.
So, to get you started on this journey of self-exploration, we would like to introduce you to some of the finest films from one of the oldest film industries in India – Marathi film industry.
Don’t worry, we don’t plan to give you a heavy dose of intense films. We plan to balance the act by taking you through films that have their individual flavor and identity.
Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
This fun-filled movie is the story of the Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke and how he created history by making India’s first feature film, Raja Harishchandra. Let Nandu Madhav and Vibhawari Deshpande take you on a roller-coaster of laughter and tragedy.
This is a classic film that paints a picture of a conservative society where being associated with a Tamasha group would raise some eyebrows. Shreeram Lagoo, plays the role of a respectable village school teacher who is infatuated by Chandrakala, the lead dancer of the Tamasha group. This leads to some unfortunate and unpleasant events in their lives.
This satire is about a wild bull that’s running loose in a village and traumatizing the people. Forest officer, Swanand Gaddamwa, played by Atul Kulkarni, comes to the village to capture the bull. Watch how people strategize and come together to get hold of the bull in this comedy-drama.
Gabhricha Paus (2009)
If you are a fan of Sonali Kulkarni, then this is a must-watch. This movie touches on the sensitive topic of drought and the plight of farmers because of that. Girish Kulkarni plays the role of a farmer who is struggling to make ends meet because of the drought.
This is an iconic, women-centric film that hit the screen with a bang. This murder mystery stars some famous actors such as Reema Lagoo, Nirmiti Sawant, Mona Ambegaonkar, Seema Biswas, Sharvari Jamenis, and Gautami Kapoor. This movie is a story of two best friends who are accused of a murder. Watch them go through difficult situations to solve the case and find the real killer.
This National Award-winning film is a must-watch. It stars some real talented actors such as Upendra Limaye and Mukta Barve, who are portrayed as the devotees of goddess Yellamma. The story takes us through their struggle and shows us the darker side of a superstitious society.
Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988)
Get ready to laugh out loud. This film stars some brilliant actors such as Ashok Saraf, Laxmikant Berde, Sachin Pilgaonkar, and Supriya Pilgaonkar. It is about Dhananjay and his brothers who make their two friends, Parshuram and Sudhir act as their better halves so that their landlord allows them to stay in the house.
Here’s another film that has won the National Award for the Best Film category. It was also India’s official entry to the 77th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film category. This is an endearing film about having a positive approach towards life. It tells the story of a grandfather whose grandson is diagnosed with a rare retinal cancer, and how he tries to make life worthwhile for him in this tough situation.
Chaukat Raja (1991)
This film will make your heart melt. It’s the story of a mentally challenged man who is taken care of by a family that encourages and helps him to develop his skills while dealing with loads of challenges. Dilip Prabhavalkar’s performance in this is absolutely commendable, and it will surely leave you with goosebumps.
Atul Kulkarni plays the role of Guna, a poor village laborer who loses his job due to certain circumstances and decides to start his own Tamasha group in order to keep this art form alive. He then adopts an unconventional role in his dance troupe that leads to social-shaming and annihilation. Watch this movie to get a new perspective on sensitive issues.
Now that we have exposed you to the universe of Marathi cinema, do tell us about your experience of watching these movies. If you don’t speak or understand Marathi, watch the subtitled versions of these movies! We promise you, you won’t be disappointed.